After Thursday afternoon’s playoff-clinching win over the Twins, like most of you, I spent a fair amount of time on Baseball Reference looking at past White Sox playoff rosters. No? Just me? Well, at any rate, it’s to your benefit: today’s Sporcle is all about the players on those rosters.
This Sporcle won’t go all the way back in franchise history, though. It seems to me it would be cruel and unusual punishment to ask you to name all the guys from the 1906 World Series roster, for instance (John O’Neill, Babe Towne…anybody? Anybody?). Therefore, I made the executive decision to only go as far back as 1983. That’s still a good number of players to sort through: 114 entries, to be precise. How many names can you get? Good luck!
- To qualify, a player need only have made some sort of appearance in at least one of the games in a playoff series: could be a start, a pinch hit, pinch run, defensive replacement, relief appearance where he threw just one pitch; you get the idea.
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve ordered by year, and provided the position of the player in question.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- Of the playoff teams in franchise history, the 1906 team mentioned above allowed the fewest runs in a season, with 460 (they also scored the fewest, 570).
- The most runs allowed was the 2000 squad, giving up 839. That team, of course, also scored the most, with 978 runs.
- One final note on the 1906 Sox: they used just 25 players that entire season. It’s not the record though, the 1905 Sox somehow managed to get by with just 19 players (and finish in second place behind the Philadelphia Athletics). It probably helped that they used only 6 pitchers total.
All data from baseballreference.com
106/114. Missed 3 from 2008, 4 from 2000 and 1 from 1993. Biggest miss was
Boomer 101. Chalk another one up for the bad guy.
That’s pretty good! Was he even born in 2008, Ken?
109/114 before I ran out of time. The two teams I remembered in full were from 1983 and 2005, because each time succeeded beyond anything I had experienced in my lifetime up to that point.